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February 8th, 9th, and 10th – 7 Things to do in McAllen on the Weekend!


The memories you make during your weekends are important, so make them count in McAllen! From preparing for spring break week to listening to live music, this weekend will be filled with entertainment!

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February 8th

  • Starting at noon, enjoy the 33rd Annual All Valley Boat Show at the McAllen Convention Center. Shop for all of your water sport and boating needs in time for spring break! Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for veterans and military, and kids 12 and under enter free! Senior citizens can enter for $5 on Friday only.
  • Get ready to laugh at London Grill and Tavern with Gibbs the Comegician and others, starting at 8:00 PM. Admission starts at $5.

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February 9th

  • Head over to the Quinta Mazatlán presentation of “Creature Feature: Snakes!“ from 1:30 PM until 2:30 PM. For $3, you and the kids can participate in hands-on activities and learn about snakes and their habitats.
  • Laugh the evening away with actor Omar Chaparro, who will be performing Te Reto a Ser Feliz at the McAllen Convention Center at 8:00 PM. Tickets start at $35.
  • Reserve your tickets for Willie J. Law Live in McAllen. Watch Law play the blues at The Centennial Speakeasy Club for $15 from February 7th until February 9th.

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February 10th

  • Learn about jazz music history at the McAllen Public Library. Hear jazz classics and stories about many music legends. This event starts at 2:00 PM.
  • Finish off your weekend at the Health Nut’s “Sippin’ on Juice & Tunes 2” event! Shop with local vendors selling homemade goods, listen to Mujer RGV play the night away, and sip on juice! The event is from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at The Health Nut!

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Watch the Game in These 7 Terrific Bars and Restaurants in McAllen


Let’s be honest, hosting a watch party takes work! Head over to one of McAllen’s amazing restaurants and bars instead to watch the Super Bowl! No matter which team you’re rooting for, McAllen has you covered with awesome things to do and cool places to watch the game!

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London Grill & Tavern

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London provides over seven TV screens for you and your friends to watch the game on!

Game day specials include:

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  • 50 cent boneless wings
  • 60 cent traditional wings

Located at 129 E. Nolana Ave. Parties of eight or more must reserve ahead of time.

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Yard House

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Don’t miss a single play of the Super Bowl as you can watch from one of over 30 TV screens and choose from:

  • Over 130 draft beer selections
  • Over 100 food entrees
  • Walk-ins are available

Located at 2200 S. 10th St.

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BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

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This family-friendly restaurant suggests that you reserve your seat to watch the game from one of their nine TV screens!

Enjoy game day specials such as:

  • BJ’s craft beers for $4
  • Appetizer specials for $6
  • Mini deep-dish pizzas at half off

Located at 3200 Expressway 83

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Wing Barn

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Walk-ins are welcome at this laid-back spot for delicious wings and burgers! Watch the game from one of their six TV screens and enjoy 50 cent boneless wings.

Located at 5712 N. 10th St.

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The Quarter

Get your fill of hearty New Orleans-style dishes and enjoy the game from one of 10 TV screens!

Game day specials include:

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  • Half-off boudin ball appetizers
  • Half-off of the Quarter Crafted Burger

Located at 100 E. Nolana Ave. Parties of 10 or more must reserve ahead of time.

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Bourbon St. Grill

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Host your game day party at Bourbon St. Grill! Reserve a spot for your party ahead of time to watch the game on one of their 15 TV screens!

Their Super Bowl specials include:

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  • Buy your favorite beer (Reg. Price) & add a Jagermeister Shot $3
  • $2 Guns and Oil Cans (while Supplies last)
  • $2 Coors Banquet Draft (while supplies last)
  • $4 Electric Melon Balls (Absolute Lime Vodka, Melon, and Sour Mix)
  • $6 Gumbo all day long!

Located at 4800 N. 10th St.

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Enjoy the Super Bowl on one of their 12 TV screens and munch out on supreme Super Bowl eats, including dessert from the Cheesecake factory!

Located at 2009 S. 10th St.

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February 1st, 2nd, and 3rd A Few Things to do in McAllen


Friday, February 1st

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  • Head out to see Circus Saurus where you can watch the performances of amazing circus animals and acrobats pull off the impossible beginning at 6:00 PM!
  • Mark your planner for Art Walk @ Old Church Winery to get a free dancing lesson! Learn how to dance to the styles of cumbia, bachata, and salsa! Lessons will be offered from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM.

Saturday, February 2nd

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  • Celebrate Lunar New Year Festival at the IMAS museum! From 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Expect a tea and food tasting session while learning how each culture celebrates the new year. You can purchase your tickets at the museum.
  • If you’re on the search for a new career, then make time to attend the McAllen Public Library Job Fair. Learn about available positions across the Valley and how to apply. Prepare your resumes now because the job fair only runs between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
  • Unwind at the McAllen Performing Arts Center to watch Tradiciones 2019 at 7:30 PM. Be inspired by musicians accompanying the group “Ballet Folklorico South Texas College.” You can purchase your tickets at the Performing Arts Center box office.

Sunday, February 3rd

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  • Attend the Wedding & Quinceañera Expo at the McAllen Convention Center! You will have access to the newest, high-quality vendors for all of your big day needs! The expo is open Sunday only from 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM and costs $10.
  • Get your fill of fresh groceries and handcrafted snacks at the Tres Lagos Farmers Market. This pet-friendly venue will be open from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM and is accessible to the public every first Sunday of the month!

January 25th, 26th, and 27th Find a Few Things to do in McAllen!


January 25th

  • Start prepping for Super Bowl weekend at Vom FASS! Get some amazing dishes and beverages to host your friends and family! This free show-and-tell will feature the best types of Super Bowl snack pairings.
  • Keep the party going at the McAllen Car Fest, open Friday evening until 9:00 PM. See over 300 cars from various vehicle collections, and try your hand at the Miniature Car Drag Race! The Car Fest is open all weekend long!!

January 26th

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  • Introduce your kids to the beauty of local art and craftsmanship this Saturday. The Farmers Market will be featuring select artisans and their high-valued goods!
  • Get your BBQ fix at the McAllen Car Fest BBQ Cook-Off! Try, taste, and critique dishes from all of the contenders and decide who has the best eats around!
  • Make memories with your kids and watch the comedy El Show de Chuponcito. See this mischievous clown as he sings and dances his way out of trouble along with his best pals! You can purchase your tickets through Ticketmaster.

January 27th

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  • Give the little artist in your life some inspiration at the IMAS “Ojos de Dios” art class! Weave your creation based off of ancient Wixarika (Huichol) art! Also, enjoy a guided tour through the “Symphony of Color” exhibit.

The circus is in town! Get lost in the wonder presented by Circus Saurus and see ancient and mythical creatures like dinosaurs and a unicorn! Meet the wild characters of the Carson & Barnes Circus and loveable creatures like the Majestic Asian Elephants!

January 18th, 19th, and 20th – Things to do in McAllen

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Start your Friday with celebrations, get an early start on Saturday with the whole family, and end Sunday with new friends! Read more about each event below! Click on each event’s name for times and locations.

January 18th

  • On Friday at the McAllen Convention Center, catch a movie at the drive-in movie theatre. Watch the film Need for Speed in anticipation of the upcoming international McAllen Car Festival!
  • Grab some grub at the McAllen Food Park UPLUGGED session! Listen to local music and explore the surrounding shops. Families are encouraged to bring their pets, and parking is free! It will be located at 10 N. Broadway and Ash Ave.
  • Grab your dancing partner and dance the night away at the Friday Night Dance Party, held at the Austin bar hosted by DJ Robert Ceballos! Come join the fun at 1110 Austin Ave.
  • Head over to Hillbilly’s to hear Sunny Sweeney live! A musician from Houston Texas, Sweeney is ready to celebrate Friday with you! The entry fee is $15 per person.

January 19th

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  • The McAllen Marathon starts this Saturday at the McAllen Convention Center! Support others and enjoy the Marathon Health Expo! Get access to new health information, free health screenings, and more!
  • Keep the fun going with some shopping at the Saturday Evening Market! This local artisan spot is located off of Upas and 11th St. 
  • In the evening, immerse yourself in noodles! Attend Noodle Fest at Yerberia Cultura on Saturday evening to feast on tons of noodles provided by local restaurants. Then burn those calories while playing games and listening to music! The entry fee is $20.

January 20th

  • Start Sunday surrounded by dogs! Bring your dog to the Walk & Wag event at the Healing Juice Factory! Be a part of a training session and community pet walk!
  • Have you been hypnotized yet? If not, you are going to want to check out John Milton’s performance, Duermase! This event is available all weekend at the McAllen Convention Center. You can purchase tickets online at Ticketmaster!

Mark Your Calendars for National Peking Duck Day on January 18th!


Celebrate National Peking Duck Day in McAllen this Friday! If you’ve ever needed the perfect reason to celebrate eating out, then mark your calendars for every January 18th!

Peking Duck (in English, pronounced like Beijing) is a popular Chinese dish where the duck is roasted with a crispy exterior. Here are three local eateries where you can enjoy the rich flavors of this amazing dish!

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Xin Xin Asian Fusion Cuisine

Xin Xin Asian Fusion Cuisine is a locally-owned restaurant that serves Pan Asian food, with fusions from both Chinese and Vietnamese cultures.

  • This restaurant offers savory, whole marinated duck and a whole roasted duck with a crispy skin. Both meal options come with your choice of rice.
  • Located at 6401 N. 10th

Dragon Warrior Noodle

All of you ramen lovers should plan a trip to Dragon Warrior Noodle for dinner and try their variety of ramen and Asian street foods!

  • They serve shredded duck shoyu that includes ajitama – a styled boiled egg, shredded duck, roasted corn, and fried basil.
  • Located at 800 N. Main St.

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Le Lai Eastern Restaurant

This family-style restaurant is considered an Asian fusion eatery that takes a modern spin on traditional Chinese eats.

  • Le Lai offers both roast and crispy duck with portions of fried or steamed rice. They cut up the whole duck for you and can serve it with cilantro.
  • Located at 2901 N. 10th

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January 11th, 12th, and 13th – Enjoy the Weekend with Family Fun!

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Don’t stay at home this weekend, Explorers! Take your family and friends out for plenty of things to do in McAllen! There will be so much going on that you might not have enough time to do it all! Don’t worry, Explorers, here is a list to help you choose!

January 11 – South McAllen Activities

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  • Saxet Gun Show – All you outdoor and Western-collectible enthusiasts will love this annual convention! This trade show includes vendors from Texas, with the latest products in tactical gear and target sports! The entry fee is $5.
  • In between the fun, walk on over to one of our nearby restaurants at Palm’s Crossing Center! Restaurants include Corner Bakery Café and Saltgrass Steakhouse.
  • John Milton Show – After a good meal, take your family to the McAllen Performing Arts Center to see John Milton’s hypnotist show, ¡Duermase! It will be playing all weekend and will leave you captivated and entertained! Purchase your tickets online through Ticketmaster or at the box office.

January 12 – Family Arts

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  • Colibri Children’s Choirs – Embrace your child’s musical talents and let them audition for the Colibri Children’s Choir! This community-founded choir holds performances at the McAllen Creative Incubator and performs with the city! Auditions start at 10:00 AM at the McAllen Creative Incubator.
  • IMAS Workshops – Cub Scouts, get ready to earn your art or science badge at the IMAS workshop, Stories in Shapes! Learn about abstract art, create your own work, and take it home with you. Badges are not included in the workshop. The entry fee is $8 for IMAS members and $10 for non-members.

January 13 – Last Days of Fun

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  • Photos of Maddie’s Holiday Lights – Don’t miss the last day for taking photos of Maddie’s Holiday Lights! This beautiful farm is filled with scenery and props to be used for photo ops! The entry fee is $7, but children two years and under enter for free. 
  • Wedding Fair – If you are newly-engaged, then grab your gal pals and make it a fun outing on Sunday! Attend the Wedding Fair at the McAllen Convention Center. The fair will be filled with Pinterest-worthy wedding services and vendors and raffles for those lucky brides-to-be.

Start the First Weekend of the Year in McAllen with These Events!

We’re about to reach the first weekend of 2019, and you know what that means! It’s time to celebrate with a night on the town and festive fun on January 4th and 5th! Enjoy crafts and music during this weekend in McAllen!

January 4th

Start the weekend with culture, music, and the arts! The McAllen Art Walk is here again! Starting at 6:00 PM, you can listen to music from local artists and visit all of the art studios surrounding the area. Take your friends through this self-guided tour to visit nearby galleries and museums! There’s no need to worry about leaving the Art Walk for food because there are many restaurants close to Archer Park!

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If you feel like staying closer to the North 10th area, then visit the Hinovations Art Gallery! On Friday, January 4th at 6:00 PM, Charles Cecil’s photography collection, “Images of Israel”, will be on display. This color photography exhibition will highlight the cultural and national existence of Israel amongst the surrounding countries. Cecil has exhibited previous collections of his travels in Mexico, Prague, and Paris, to name a few. There is no cost to attend this event, so bring your friends!

Head over to Yerberia Cultura for a change of ambiance and listen to the medleys of Black Taffy. This Dallas-based composer uses technical instruments like the vibraphone and cassette decks to create an environment of awe-inspiring music. All ages are welcome to experience this performance at 8:00 PM.

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January 5th

Get your shopping done before noon with The Shops at Upas & 11th Monthly Block Party. Here, you’ll find unique collectibles and local artisans. Find your decoration inspiration at these shops and enjoy the food trucks parked along the way!

Afterward from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM, Quinta Mazatlán will be hosting “Exploring Nature with Technology”. This event is catered to adults and older teens who are interested in how the use of computers and smartphones enhances our study of nature. This is an outdoor event, so bring comfortable shoes!

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Listen to Live Music

The weekends are the absolute best time to enjoy some live music and good food. Listen to musicians all over McAllen while dining at restaurants, including Santa Fe Steakhouse, Peppers, Birdie Bistro, and the Bodega Tavern.

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Happy weekend, Explorers!